DIY weddings are all the rage these days. Many people are trying their hand at planning their own weddings, from the venue to the catering to the entertainment to the florist. Working with a wedding planner is no longer a must thanks to modern technology, with all the apps and resources available. But before you DIY your wedding, here are a few questions you need to ask yourself:
Do I have the time? Planning a wedding will take hours of work just to get the general plan, then many more hours of testing, visiting, talking on the phone, negotiating with vendors, tasting food and cakes, trying on wedding dresses, and setting everything up. If you work 40+ hours per week and enjoy an active weekend, how are you going to find the time to fit in wedding activities?
Do I have the skills? You may be great at choosing centerpieces, but what about the linens or the fonts for the invitations? Do you know how much space your caterer needs to set up their food prep station, or how much room the DJ or band will occupy beside the dance floor? So many little details go into pulling off a wedding, and you may find you need a lot more skills than you currently possess.
Do I have the help? You may kick ass at planning a wedding, but it takes more than one person to pull off the perfect day. Will your partner be any help, or will it all fall on you? Can you rope your parents, parents-in-law, bridesmaids, siblings, or friends into helping you with the planning? It can be a lot more work to DIY a wedding than you realize. If you have to do everything on your own, you may find yourself overwhelmed.
Do I know everything that needs to be done? Before you start actually planning the wedding, you need to know what to plan. That means making a list of all the details that go into the wedding: from venue to catering to transportation to entertainment to floral arrangements to clean-up. There are literally hundreds of little details that have to be hammered out. Sit down and make a full list or check out our wedding planning page of everything you need to do to plan the wedding.
Is my time worth more than my money? In some cases, you may find that hiring a wedding planner is just the smarter choice because it frees you up to focus on work or your personal life. You may go the DIY route to pinch pennies, but it may turn out that your health, career, or relationship suffers because of all the stress you’re under.
DIYing a wedding is an amazing way to get exactly what you want and be in full control of the wedding planning. However, the truth is that it’s not always your best choice. Ask yourself these five questions. If you feel good with the answers, go ahead and enjoy the thrill of planning a wedding yourself. If not, consider reaching out to Red Scooter so we can help shoulder your load and plan the wedding of your dreams.